Historians can be a pain in the arse to themselves.
It depends on whose seat you choose to put your butt on.
Blaming the Chinese for stealing knowledge from and making the Malays stupid, backward and poor is a brilliant endeavour worthy of a Nobel Prize.
It is like in the same league as the venerable great one himself, the redoubtable dinosaur ex premier stating that the current Umno leadership is a bunch of stupid old dinosaurs (not that most Malaysians won't agree) but forgetting that it was he himself who had started the trend by surrounding himself in the 20 plus year tenure of his premiership with people he considered stupider than himself so that he would not have to face any challenge to his position.
And as for those who were smarter of course, they were eventually forced out.
Now, if only Umno or Dumbno (as many of the more discerning Malaysians call it) would just nominate the made-stupid-and-backward-and-poor-by-the-Chinese professor for the Nobel Prize in History, I am very sure that all of us patriotic Malaysians, some of us similarly maimed by the yellow rascals, would jump up in our justifiably aggrieved pride to support and cheer her on.
In the first place, the Malays as a race is an elusive creature as far as anthropologists go.
Please, this has nothing to do with racism.
They are generally considered Austronesian.
Next, we have to consider where our Malaysian Malay brothers and sisters originally came from.
There are several theories, among which is the Yunnan Theory.
And another very interesting and probably more plausible one is the Taiwan Theory that says that groups of Southern Chinese migrated from the island in waves, the first starting about 6000 years ago.
They went to Philippines, Borneo, Sulawesi, Java and in another wave 3000 years ago, came to the Malay archipelago.
And the Southern Chinese who migrated in waves from Taiwan were from China, you guessed it!
The Taiwan Theory (or the Yunnan Theory) just ties in well with a local research on the Malay DNA make-up which interestingly shows that about 52% of the Malay genetic make-up is Chinese and only 20% Malay!
So, who was stealing from whom and trying to make whom weak and stupid?
There are even records in the Book of Tang that Kunlun merchants (the Chinese once called the Malays by that name) came in ships with their goods to trade with China.
Nobody was stealing from the Malays.
The Malays and the Chinese are in fact brothers and sisters in more sense than one.
In fact, if anyone was stealing from the Malays, the British could be considered the culprit!
Yet, we gladly kissed the British arse.
And still kissing?
I have nothing against anyone wanting to kiss the arse of another as long as they are comfortable with it.
But we don't need professors to tell us what they think, connecting dots where they don't exist and creating some when they suit.
Especially not if , like Malaysians are now fond of saying, they are of the kangkong variety.
Though, I would like to believe, the dear professor is not?